What’s behind Legal Marijuana?

On October 17th, Canada has become the 2nd nation in the world that allow legal consumption of recreational marijuana, the first one is Uruguay. Canada is the first G-7 country to take this step, with voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalisation and legalisation of cannabis, this appears to be the current trend. It is food for thought whether if this will happen in countries like the US and UK, as well as will it actually happen anytime soon in Australia?

This is a video of people celebrating legal weed on Oct.17

 

There are the most liked comments below the video, someone says ‘marijuana is healthier than alcohol’, but how? Maybe marijuana is less unhealthy than alcohol?  As we know marijuana is a drug, but why will consuming drugs became legal in Canada? What’s the difference between marijuana and other drugs? Is it really the right thing to follow?

What is Marijuana?

Some people would say Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes, but this is not true. There’re so many different kinds of marijuana, it is also known as Cannabis, pot and weed, which refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds, and it’s addictive. The main components are THC and CBD (will not make you ‘high’, use as medical treatment)

Even Cannabis and Cannabis has different compounds, some article say Cannabis is good because it can be for medical use, actually only Cannabis meet the standard of high CBD and low THC can be used for medical treatment, and it is already legalized in some countries and states. But now, what is legalized in Canada is Cannabis that for entertainment uses, which is mind-altering and dispensable.

PROS AND CONS?

Over the years, research has yielded results to suggest that marijuana may be of benefit in the treatment of some conditions. Some medical benefits of marijuana. Setting the health benefits aside, marijuana is still an addictive drug with both short and long-term side effects on the human brain. Marijuana use can lead to a wide range of problems, both physical and mental. As we all grew up to know, drugs were dangerous and illegal for a reason.

Physical Effects(long-term use):

  • Breathing problems.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Problems with child development during and after pregnancy.
  • Intense Nausea and Vomiting.

Mental Effects

  • depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens
  • temporary hallucinations
  • temporary paranoia

Besides, the authors of Marijuana and lung diseases conclude: ‘There is unequivocal evidence that habitual or regular marijuana smoking is not harmless. A caution against regular heavy marijuana usage is prudent.’and Recreational use is not the same as medicinal use and should be discouraged.’

If you live in Australia, where the medical use of marijuana is legal since 2016, you should really carefully consider the pros and cons of marijuana that relate to your illness and health, and please see a doctor to help you!

Getting back to Canada, it is interesting to look at why they would, in fact, legalise marijuana with everything considered. Medical marijuana is one thing, but surely the government could never approve the recreational use. I think it’s a no from me.

Let’s see what did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Profits out of the hands of criminals. Protection for our kids. Today #cannabis is legalized and regulated across Canada.” 

The Prime Minister of Canada wants to achieve legal cannabis for protecting kids and getting profits out of the hands of criminals, which means the government wants to displace the illegal cannabis market. If it’s legal for people to consume cannabis, then there’s no point for them to buy illegal one. Canada also has laws and regulations for cannabis, teenagers under 18 or 19 (different in each state) cannot buy cannabis in stores like what many governments did for alcohol control. Even so, there are still risks for youth to get drug-related or weed-related issues, think about alcohol, you know what I mean.

Pot economy

In another side, the legal cannabis brings new Canadian pot economy, which government earns benefits and profits from it. By 2020, the cannabis industry will have a retail value of $6.8 billion, larger than the hard liquor market and almost as large as the wine market, the CIBC analysts forecast.

According to the Canadian Marijuana Index, the value of cannabis stocks has risen nearly tenfold over the past two years, though prices have come off recent peaks seen at the start of the year. The largest of Canada’s weed growers is Canopy Growth Corp., with a market value of $5.93 billion.

Although the legal cannabis brings billions of profits and provides more working opportunities for the public, the future of legal cannabis is still containing complexity and uncertainty. A lot depends on how Canadians react to legal pot over the long term. ‘Will younger people still be interested after Grandma and Grandpa are using if for bowel complaints? Will pot become a popular mainstream pastime or develop a bad reputation? Will hopes for exports and new products such as edibles, creams, and pharmaceuticals materialize?’ and how will it impact other countries?

 

Finally, no matter if legal marijuana will be true in Australia or be a trend in the future, we should know it’s risky and dangerous to try.

 

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